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NORTHAI'IPTOK RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL. 


LrBRARY 


HEPORT OP MEDICAL OFFICER OP KSALTH FOR THE YEAR 

OCTOBS^rC^?^:^ 

To the Chairman and Members of the Northampton Rural District Council. 



MRS. STAHb.GR AND GENTLU'iEN, 

I beg to present nry ANNUAL REPORT for the year 1939 upon the health 
of the Rural District. 


Area (in acres). ... ... ... ... 50,010. 

Registrar General's estimate of:- 

(aT Resident Population, Mid. 1939. ... ... 15,760. 

(b) Average population appropriate to the 

calculation of death rates. ... ... 16,580. 

Number of inhabited houses (end of 1939) according 
to rate books. ... ... ... ... 4,590,. 

Rateable Value, 31st December, 1939. ... ... ~ 98,319. 

Estimated product of Id. Rato, 1939. ... ... £ 369 7s. 6d. 

Live BIRTHS total 220 - male 121, female 99. 

Legitimate - male 119, female 96. 

Illegitimate - male 2, female 3. 

Still Births: 

Legitimate - male 4, female 3. 

Illegitimate - male 1, female 0. 

Birth Rate per 1,000 estimated resident population - 13*9. 

Birth Rato per 1,000 estimated resident population 

for England and l.ales is - 15*0. 

The DEATHS total 200 - male 100, female 100. 

Death Rate per 1,000 estimated average population - 12*06. 

Death Rate per 1,000 estimated average population 

for England and Wales is - 12*1. 

There were no deaths from Puerperal Sepsis or other puerperal 
causes. 

Deaths of infants under 1 year of age: 10 - male 6, female 4, all 
legitimate. 

Deaths from Cancer (all ages) 25. 16 male, 9 female. 

There were no deaths from Measles or li/hooping Cough. 

Diarrhoea (under 2 years of age) 1 male. 

Suicide 2 male. 

Accidental Deaths, Total 13. 8 male, 5 female. 

Nephritis, 5 males, 2 females; Diabetes, 7 females; Cerebral 
Haemorrhage, 1 male, 6 females; Heart disease, 26 males, 28 females; 
Aneurysm, 1 male; Other circulatory diseases, 11 males, 7 females; 
Bronchitis, 1 male, 3 females, Pneumonia, 4 males, 3 females; Cirrhosis 
of liver, 1 male; Influenza 1 male, 1 female. 


GENERAL PROVISION OP HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE AREA. 


(i) Medical Officer of Health. 

Sanitary Inspector and Surveyor. 
Assistants. 


H. P. Porcival, O.B.E., B.A. 

M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. 

R. J. Miller, A.I.A.S. ,A.R.San. I. 

M.S.I.A. 

F. H. Obrey and P. Bowkor. 






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(ii)(a) Laboratory facilities are still being carried on at the 
Northampton General Hospital Laboratory. 

(b) -Ambulance Services. St. John Ambulance removes all ordinaory 
civil cases. 

Hospitals . Northampton General Hospital is available for medical 
and siiTgical cases and mtemity cases. 

All serious cases needing hospital care and treatment 
can be sent to the Northampton General Hospital resulting from 
eneny action. 


SANITARY CIHCITMSTANCES OF THE AREA. 


Mr, Miller has supplied me with these details. 


As the result of the war^private development is at a 
standstill. 

The Council has completed those houses they had on hand. 

No exceptional circumstances of shortage of water in any 
village in the District has arisen.- 
No major extensions of mains were carried out. 

Regular samples of milk were taken for examination - 
Routine inspections have been carried out. 

Inspections of meat and slau^terhouses have been carried 
out. 

PREVALENCE OF, AND CONTROL OVER . 

■ INFECTIOUS A.ND OTHER DISEASES . 

Notifiable Diseases during the year 1939:- 

Disease Cases Hospital Deaths 

Smallpox 
Scarlet Fever 
Diphtheria 
Enteric Fever 
Puerperal lyrexia 
Pne\amonia 
Erysipelas 


30 16 

7 5- 

2 - - 

29-7 

8 - - 


HOUSING : 

WATER : 

MILK : 

MEAT ETC: 


The Scarlet Fever and Diphtheria cases were all mild. One 
puerperal pyrexia case had a special nurse sent to her home. She was 
well in a week. The other case v/as nursed at home and was well in 
sixteen days. 


Tuberculosis: 


Age 

Periods. 

1 

5 

15 

25 

35 

45 

55 

65 and 
upwards 


NE«/ CASES 

Respiratory Non--Respiratory 
M F M F 


1 

2 

2 


6 

1 

3 


1 

5 


1 


1 

1 

1 


1 


DKATHS 

Respiratory Non-Rcspiratory 
M PM P 

1 - - - 

- 1 - - 

1 1 - - 


1 


Totals ... 6 10 7 3 3 2 


























There were three ca.ses of Ophthalmia Neonatorum: all were 
nursed at homo, the results wore satisfactory, no in^jairment of vision 
in any case being reported. 


Yours faithfully, 


H. P. PERCIVAL. 



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